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[California Cotton Mills] (1924)

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Workers and machines at the California Cotton Mills in Oakland.


This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Audio/Visual: Si, B&W
Keywords: Occupations: Textile; Cotton

Creative Commons license: Public Domain


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Reviewer: tribtower - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - June 14, 2013
Subject: 23rd Ave and East 12th St. Oakland Calif.
This operation was called the CALIFORNIA COTTON
MILLS AND FLOURISHED FROM THE EARLY 1900's until
the early 60's. California is one of the major
cotton producing states yeah! around the So. San
Joaquin Valley area. The ginned stuff was brought
by rail to the mill. The Tracks still run by the
building. It was turned in to thread and yarns
at this location. My Grandma worked in the place in the 40s' It was a union place that paid pretty good. Factories in Oakland? Yeah! Up E.12th St.
about was the Spark Stove Co.-made Heating Equipment and Kitchen Stoves and A huge DEL MONTE Cannery made ketchup year-around. Employed hundreds went away in the 70's. There were many good employers too bad it turned into CAMDEN and worse!

y Grandmother worked in the

Reviewer: Spuzz - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - December 13, 2005
Subject: Back hooome.. Cotton fields back home..
When I first downloaded this, I was all set to view harsh cotton mills, antique machinery, and well, limbs all around the floor of the place. What I did see was a surprisingly modern-aged cotton mill, that looked to have machinery that wouldnt be out of place today. The mechanics of it were surprisingly complex, with human power kept to a minimum. Really interesting, considering this was 1924.

Reviewer: Christine Hennig - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - August 17, 2004
Subject: So That's Where George's Suit Comes From!
Silent footage, probably from the 20s, of cotton being unloaded, spun into thread, and woven into cloth in a big mill. ItÂs mildly interesting factory footage with some historical value.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.

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California Cotton Mills in Oakland, California / exterior and interior
shots of loading bales / cotton machinery in operation spinning
thread and weaving / girls working



Women workers Factories Industry Manufacturing Textile industry
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